Meeting Zee

In the summer I met with Zee a few times. He was looking to make his kitchen side, tables and stools out of rough green wood (from City Wood), full of character and shape. He did not have much experience working with wood, but a lot of enthusiasm and ambition. This could have been quite…

The Return of Alf

      Just before Christmas Alf came back. He spent two months visiting intensively; catching a bus from Luton to London and then back up in the evenings. During this time he experimented once again with making wooden jewelry- picking up the thread from before- alongside making Christmas presents, side boards and domestic things…

More From Morgan

More images from Morgan. Looking through the images we have amassed but not posted over the past few months, it is quite clear that quite a sizeable chunk of these are Morgan’s own shots, from inside and around the surrounding area. Her approach is very light, but also encompassing; a bit of a mix of…

Morgan Sinton-Hewitt

Morgan has been in quite consistently during the last month and a half. She has been sanding back the band saw marks on pieces of timber she collected from City Wood (http://citywoodservices.com/  these guys are great if you are looking for wood with a bit of character and informality). Taking her time with the different…

Bryony and the Box

  Bryony Welch came to us for a brief session a few months ago. She was making a box; a surprise gift for her tutor/mentor. At the workshop she made a little movable right angled half sleeve that she could put the minute pieces of inlay into. It served as a support and point for…

Working With Evening Class

Last Friday was the busiest day that we have had in the workshop. John was taking apart the lathe and passing it onto someone else. Morgan started working with found pieces of wood. Alicia was helping Morgan, alongside preparing the workshop window. I was helping Evening Class start to make benches and tables for their…

Making Drawing Boards for Cody Dock

These are to sit on easels for Cody Dock Art School’s Life Drawing Classes. It was important to sand them, otherwise the pencil picks up the rough surface of the board through the paper, and your drawing turns into a bit of a wood rubbing (which works for some). Cody Dock Art School is a…

Mark on the Spokeshave

  Mark Mindel using Alicia’s Spokeshave. She got this bit of kit from her Grandad, and it is around 60 years old. Mark has been using the space to experiment with carving, looking into the personality of the wood and the different tools that we have. In a sense just having a bit of fun…

Rachel Buckley Making a Model of Row House

Pictured is Rachel working on an architectural model of Azuma Row House alongside an image of the front of the actual house by Tadao Ando. Azuma Row House situated in Osaka Japan, was built in 1976. It deals with limited space through use of light and simple design, standing as a means to accommodate traditional…

A Blurry Photo of Alf Working

Here’s Alf making a wooden ring. He used the Pillar Drill to make the initial finger hole, then cut the outside circle. After these two cuts much time was spent delicately sanding to hone the shape. Wooden rings like this work best with ply wood, as the layering creates a cross grain, making it strong…

Welcome to Workshop 53!

First Post for Workshop 53! Please look here for news about the workshop and what we have been up to. We will be posting news of what our artists and designers have been making. Also we will be posting our opening times and other information about events in the East London area The 53 Team